A reporter for a New York daily tabloid was taken into custody on July 20 after police determined that he had left the scene of an accident. The 32-year-old man was subsequently charged with driving while intoxicated after a breath test administered at a Manhattan police station allegedly revealed his blood alcohol level to be .211 percent, more than double the legal limit.
A 27-year-old man was taken into custody after he was observed driving erratically on Post Avenue in Nassau County at about 11:18 p.m. on July 17. The man was driving a 2001 Honda, and police say that there was a 3-week-old baby in an unrestrained child seat at the time.
When a New York resident is pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving, a police officer may request a breath sample. While many drivers do take the breath test, at least 20 percent refuse. Due to implied consent laws, these drivers risk losing their license and other potential penalties.
Some New York residents may recall that Mothers Against Drunk Drivers introduced the concept of a designated driver about three decades ago. Now, technology and new ways of thinking about transport means that there are other options available beyond having a driver along who is not drinking. Uber has positioned itself as a significant force in reducing drunk driving because it is such an easily available option.
A driver crashed into the home of a New York Police Department officer shortly before midnight on June 13. When the man's Volvo entered the backyard of the officer's Staten Island home, the crash destroyed the deck, crushed part of the pool and left a scattering of debris. The officer and his family were woken up by what they thought was an explosion.
Motorists in New York charged with driving while intoxicated will generally face a lengthy driving ban. Even drivers well below the legal limit who are not charged with a crime may see their licenses suspended for 90 days if they are cited for driving while their ability is impaired by alcohol. New York is also an implied consent state, and the driving privileges of motorists who refuse to submit to a toxicology test can be revoked for a full year. Those with a commercial driver's license face an 18-month revocation for such a refusal.
One driver in New York had an unusual complaint when she was stopped on suspicion of drunk drinking on June 2. The 28-year-old woman told the police that she was targeted because she was rich. However, the authorities say the woman was under the influence of alcohol.
The Hamptons are a popular playground for the wealthy of New York, and the coastal area allegedly proved intoxicating for one man of uncertain fortunes. The police in Sag Harbor stopped him for erratic driving. According to the police report, he would not allow a breath test to be administered.
On May 25, the governor of New York announced that the entire state will be increasing controls in order to combat impaired driving during Memorial Day weekend. The increased patrols are scheduled to run from May 27 to May 30. In 2014, 317 people were killed in the state of New York over Memorial Day weekend.
A New York woman was arrested on suspicion of DWI after starting a chain-reaction car accident that left a pedestrian pinned against a restaurant wall in Suffolk County on May 2. The accident occurred at approximately 4:05 p.m.